Orders Changes In Military Operations And Fires A General, President Zelensky: Only A Few Time Left
President Zelensky with Major General Ostashchenko (center). (Wikimedia Commons/President Of Ukraine)

JAKARTA - President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered rapid changes in the country's military operations, announcing the sacking of military medical forces commanders.

The announcement was made by President Zelensky during a meeting with Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, amid a 20-month debate over the implementation of the war against Russia, with questions about how quickly retaliatory attacks in the east and south were carried out.

"In today's meeting with Defense Minister Umerov, priorities have been set," President Zelensky said in his evening video address.

"There is little time left to wait for the results. Quick action is needed for future changes," he said.

On the same occasion, he said he had fired Major General Tetiana Ostashchenko from his position as commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Medical Forces.

"The task is clear, as has been repeatedly emphasized in the community, especially among combat medics, we need a new fundamental medical support level for our soldiers," he explained.

This, he said, includes a variety of things - better touriquet, digitization, and better communication.

Ostashchenko was replaced by Major General Anatoliy Kazmirchuk, head of military clinic in Kyiv.

His dismissal comes a week after a Ukrainian media reported that his dismissal and also the dismissal of others would be carried out immediately after consultation with paramedics and other responsible officials to provide support to the military.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Umerov acknowledged changes to the Telegram messaging application, establishing digitization as a top priority, "touristical treatment" and rotation of soldiers.

Separately, the Ukrainian military reported what they described as progress in reclaiming occupied areas in the east and south. Last week, they acknowledged their forces had taken control of areas on the east bank of the Dnipro River in the southern Kherson region.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Military Commander General Valery Zaluzhniy in an essay published this month said the war was entering a new phase with Ukraine requiring more advanced technology to fight the Russian military.

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